In this second part of our series on the early days of H-Net, Robert speaks with long-time H-Law editor Charles Zelden about the earliest book reviews on H-Law, which included both reviews published elsewhere and reviews published by the list. The first call for "quick and informal reviews of new books" was issued by editor Chris Waldrep in 1993. While there few models for online reviews in those days, editors hoped that the online format would facilitate quicker turnaround of reviews of new books, and Charles talks about how it ended up becominng a fairly interactive process between editors and reviewers.
In the second half of the interview, Charles speaks about the field of legal history and H-Law's drive to recruit an international legal history review editor. H-Law recently introduced new review editor Laurent Corbeil, who will be focusing on Latin American legal history. Interested listeners can subscribe to H-Law to receive H-Law reviews as they come out.
Readers can also read a recently published review of Charles Zelden's Thurgood Marshall: Race, Rights, and the Struggle for a More Perfect Union, reviewed by Michal Belknap on H-Law here.
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The Art of the Review is produced by Robert Cassanello and Yelena Kalinsky, and sponsored by H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online and the University of Central Florida's Center for Humanities & Digital Research.